Definition of residue
- 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
- amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein
The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers.
The divorce left a residue of pain in the family.
There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor.
She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid
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